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This guide is designed to give users an introduction to e-books and provide more information on the many e-Book resources University Libraries has to offer.

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What are E-Books?

What is an E-book?

 An E-Book is an electronic version of a traditional print book that can be read by using a personal computer or by using an E-Book reader.


What are some of the benefits of E-books?

E-books offer many benefits over traditional printed materials. They usually cost less to purchase and maintain then print books, allowing libraries to provide more content to patrons within the same budget. E-book do not take up shelf space allowing libraries to offer far more content then would be possible with print books. In most cases e-books are searchable and printable allowing users to find and manipulate the data not possible with printed materials. 


What does University Libraries offer in regards to E-books?

University Libraries has access to millions of online documents including thousands of books from vendors such as: Books 24x7, ebrary, Google books, Springer E-books, and many more. The following pages will give you more information on how to find and access University Libraries' extensive collection of E-books. 

Print Handouts

Download a PDF version of this guide to save, print off, or share with others.  We have also included some printable guides on using specific e-book programs. 

Important Notes

  • Many physical titles in University Libraries are also available as e-books. The electronic version of a book will be listed separately in the library catalog. Be sure to look for the term [electronic resource] in the record's title.
  • Due to copyright laws, there may be limits to how many pages of an E-book you can print. These restrictions vary by resource and vendor. 
  • In some cases a vendor may have a limit to the number of users that can access a resource at once. If a message appears telling you that all licenses are in use, please try again later. Also be sure to exit an E-book when you are finished to ensure other users can access it.